Voices from Seattle’s tech community – GeekWire


Clockwise from higher remaining: Yoodli co-founder Varun Puri Dave Cotter, WTIA chair and Leafly main product officer Tech Alliance CEO Laura Ruderman, and Mo Bhende, Co-Founder & CEO at Karat, discuss with Todd Bishop at the GeekWire Awards. (Jordan Curtis Photos)

Right after keeping the GeekWire Awards almost for the earlier two a long time, there was a emotion of serious catharsis Thursday evening as hundreds of individuals streamed by the doors of the Showbox Sodo in Seattle for our yearly celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s prime tech startups, leaders, and improvements.

For the finalists in the 2022 GeekWire Awards, recognition at the superhero-themed exhibit arrived with the included bonus of realizing that their companies built it by way of a period of time of unprecedented problem and transform.

But the week also introduced a new feeling of uncertainty about what is to occur.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s extensively cited memo on Monday was a flashpoint for the tech field, including to present fears by warning of a “seismic shift” in the markets, signaling tougher periods and tighter belts forward. Some of the startup CEOs in attendance acknowledged studying his information carefully.

So we took our cues from the backdrop, actually and figuratively — having tech leaders aside at the party to question questions this sort of as:

  • What’s your acquire on the possibility of new financial realities?
  • What are your biggest challenges and priorities for the rest of the yr?
  • And, of class: which superhero finest demonstrates your company’s ethos?

The consequence was a glimpse into the collective psyche of the tech community in a vital U.S. innovation hub, at a pivotal instant for the state and the earth.

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Many thanks to the tech leaders who answered our concerns, to our GeekWire Awards attendees, finalists, and sponsors, and to our social media lover Jordan Curtis of Line Chief Media for his assist with this episode. 

Opening GeekWire Awards functionality: Robert McPherson, the Drunken Tenor.

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